A hat-trick by Sammy Alajiki and two goals from Sean Okeku helped Glenmuir Celtic overcome a gallant Bellurgan Celtic in this high scoring U13 Division One encounter at Hoey’s Lane on Saturday morning.
Hat-trick hero Sammy Okeku was in the thick of the action as early as the 4th minute when he fired over from close range but Bellurgan’s Adam Connolly was also very active and he tested Glenmuir ‘keeper Tiernan Bromley in the 5th minute with a well struck effort when he latched on to a clever pass from Andrew Moore.
Glenmuir came close again a minute later following a good passing move between Shane Leather and Reece McCluskey, the final pass released Com Bellew who let the ball go across his body before racing forward only to see his final effort just go the wrong side of the Bellurgan upright.
The Glenmuir strikers were starting to cause the away defence some major headaches and they soon opened the scoring when Kyle Lafferty’s cross found Sammy Alajiki lurking at the back post and the big Glenmuir centre forward poked home to make it 1-0. The sides were level in the 12th minute with a goal from Dylan Keane when he got on the end of a superb pass from Andrew Moore; Keane took control of the ball and fired into the far corner giving Tiernan Bromley no chance in the Glenmuir goals.
The home side went back in front on the stroke of half-time when Kyle Rafferty’s corner fell nicely into the path of Sammy Alajiki who slotted home from inside the Bellurgan penalty area. Alajiki should have completed his hat-trick in the first minute of the second half but he somehow headed wide of the target from eight yards out but it was soon 3-1 to the home side when Sean Okeku got on the end of Conor Smith’s deep cross to fire past the stranded Bellurgan ‘keeper James Savage.
It was then the turn of Bellurgan to show their attacking skills and Jamie Smyth released a laser like pass that sliced the Glenmuir defence apart.
Aodhan O’Hanlon floated through the offside trap, picked up Smyth’s pass and stroked the ball into the far corner of the Glenmuir net.
O’Hanlon then scored his second goal of the game to make it 3-3 when he pounced on a loose ball in the Glenmuir penalty area.
Glenmuir then reintroduced Sammy Alajiki from the bench and he soon put his team back in front when he got in behind the Bellurgan defence to complete his hat-trick.
The hosts made the points safe with six minutes remaining when Sean Okeku found the net with a superb effort from the edge of the box to make it 5-3.
Glenmuir Celtic: Tiernan Bromley, Danniel Bahalola, Michael Adaghoyegn, Sean Okeku, Kyle Rafferty, Colm Bellew, Azeez Yusuf, Shane Leather, Tommy Conlon, Conor Smith, Ronan Rafferty, Sammy Alajiki, Tommy Olatuyi, Destiney Owumoyhe, Reece McCluskey.
Bellurgan Celtic: James Savage, Finn O’Hanlon, Ryan Toner, Craig Keane, Tony O’Rourke, Pziryk Kzcnncer, Adam Connolly, Jack McParland, Andrew Moore, Jamie Smyth, Aodhan O’Hanlon, Owen Woods, Philly Sharkey, Dylan Keane, Richard Campbell, Justin O’Kane.